OSWEGO – The Zonta Club of Oswego is raising awareness about violence against women as part of the internationally recognized 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
“This is one of the priority areas of Zonta International. As a group that is focused on advancing the status of women, we know that violence against women must end in order for women to fully participate in society. Zonta has been very strong locally and internationally in saying NO to violence against women. Recognizing these 16 days in November and December give us an added opportunity to help spread awareness in our community,” said Tammy Thompson, president of the Zonta Club of Oswego.
The statistics are very alarming.
30% of women worldwide who have been in a relationship report that they have experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their partner.
In the US, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are targets of attempted or completed sexual assault while they are college students.
For the 16 Days of Activism, which runs from November 25 – December 10, the Zonta Club of Oswego urges the Oswego Community to donate to programs like Oswego County Opportunities’ Services Aid to Families that serve victims of abuse.
Personal care items such as toiletries, household items, games and DVDs and winter clothes for women and children are always needed and can be dropped off at OCO’s main office at 259 Oneida St., Fulton.
Pick-up is also available by contacting Zonta member Inga Back at [email protected]
Zonta will have a display that will be traveling around the county with a free-standing orange cutout women that is intended to raise awareness about this issue.
In addition they are encouraging local business and groups to take a photo of themselves wearing orange, the official color of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, and post it to the Zonta Club of Oswego’s Facebook page.
“Solidarity in the face of this epidemic will help us raise awareness and lend support to those who have experienced intimate partner violence,” Thompson said.
People can also check out the Zonta Club of Oswego’s Facebook page during the 16 days for daily posts related to their campaign or visit Zonta International’s website at www.zontasaysno.com.